Overall - ★★★★☆
Registration - ★★★☆☆
$90. Despite the good swag score I still think this is a little pricey for a sprint. I entered on the day. No line to sign up. That part was easy.
Swag - ★★★★☆
Long Stanford branded socks (very handy) and a nice black t-shirt (shiny tech material) which I wear to run in fairly often. No finisher medals (thank you!).
Course - ★★★★☆
Swim - Apart from it being quite cold as expected for that time of year (and it was raining pretty hard on and off) it was clearly marked and fairly easy to sight. You want to get around the first buoy pretty quick for the left hander then it's a straight shot to the wharf. Also, It's more like 600m than 500m. There's a long run to T1 but would still recommend going bare feet.
Bike - Completely closed to traffic which is rare and great. Flat and fast although did get a little congested in the later waves but nothing too dramatic. There are 3 laps and many pinhead turns so it's worth practicing them.
Run - Flat and straight forward out and back on a bike path. Can be windy. Get a sense of where the finish line before the race if it comes down to a sprint finish!
Post-Race Feed - ★★★☆☆
Can't remember. There were some energy bars. No beer (being a college race). We hit the In 'N Out on the way home!
Prizes / Results - ★★★☆☆
Stood around forever in the rain and cold. waiting for results. However got some bar tape for winning my age group worth about $20 so that was worth waiting around for. Results were online fairly quickly although I remember a few errors that took a bit to get corrected.